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  • Manipur Govt launches School Fagadaba scheme

    17 hours ago
    Chief Minister (CM) of Manipur, N Biren Singh launched “School Fagadaba” (Make education better) scheme. The main aim of the scheme is to improve the infrastructure, quality education and overall improvement of government schools.The regular attendance of teachers, biometric devices would be installed in every Government school in the state.The teachers posted in these schools stay at the place of their posting for at least 3 years. The 60 Assembly constituencies in the state selected under the 1st phase of the scheme.The state also set a target to increase enrollment of students from 26,000 at present to around 44,000 in the next academic session.The additional infrastructures like a modern school campus, sufficient school furniture, outdoor gymnasium, separate toilets for boys and girls, drinking water facilities will be provided to these schools as per the Right to Education (RTE) norms.

    Indias participation at WorldSkills International Competition as big as the Olympics

    21 hours ago
    The 48-member Indian Team representing the country at World Skills Kazan 2019 given a grand send-off at a ceremony in the capital . This is organized by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) Aim : To motivate the participants as they gear up to pit their skills against the best in the world. India is the sixth largest team that will take part in the competition. Nearly 1,500 competitors from 60 countries compete in 56 skill competitions at this mega event in Kazan, Russia on August 22-27. Forty-four experts and 14 interpreters are also accompanying the participants to Kazan.  World’s biggest skill competition in Russia to compete in the true spirit of participation and make India proud on the global platform and at the same time learn from your international peers competing. The brand ambassadors of India will be the inspiration of every Indian youth who aspires to make it big in their life.  The desire to excel in the trades of their choice played a crucial part in the candidates realising their dream of performing at a global stage.  About 75% of the participants come from tier II and tier III cities, with 25% from rural areas. Most belong to humble backgrounds, parents work as farmers, coolie, daily wage laborers and security guards.  Maharashtra tops the chart with seven contestants participating in the competition, followed by five from Karnataka and four from Uttar Pradesh. Over 50,000 youth had registered for the India Skills Competitions that organized across several legs last year. The 48 contestants shortlisted through a series of contests conducted at district, state, regional and national levels over the past year.  Candidates provided extensive training in skills ranging from Wall and Floor Tiling, Brick Laying, Cabinet Making, Car Painting, CNC Turning, Hair Dressing, Welding, Restaurant Service, Beauty Therapy, Auto-body Repair to Mobile Robotics, Mechatronics, Prototype Modelling, Visual Merchandising, etc, by leading corporate entities with NSDC acting as a facilitator. Candidates exposed to international training with industry support from over 100 companies. There are 100 companies have Renowned experts such as Vinesh Johny - Chef/Trainer, winner of Forbes 30-under-30; Samantha Kochhar, a renowned beauty expert and director of Aroma Magic; JP Shroff, Chairman of Kushal Credai; Seema Jhaveri, Director of IFD and Vaishali Shah, Principal of LTA Beauty School came together to prepare the contestants for the mega-event. Leading organizations such as Maruti, Mahindra, Toyota, Daikin, Saint Gobain aimed at promoting world-class standards in technical education and vocational training, NSDC, under the aegis for MSDE, is working to make skills aspirational and create a pathway for a career in vocational trades.

    Lucknows iconic Hazratganj Chauraha renamed as Atal Chowk

    23 hours ago
    Lucknow's famous Hazratganj Chauraha renamed as "Atal Chowk" It is named in the memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The first death anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Hazratganj Chowk renamed after him as "Atal Chowk" from August 16. He was a five-time Member of Parliament (MP) from Lucknow. A memorial named “Atal Smriti Upvan” be built on his name. The Mayor of the city prepared a draft for developing a memorial for Atal Smriti Upvan.  They planned to place statue along with his 51 poems, speeches and other memorabilia. Chhattisgarh government announced to rename Naya Raipur as Atal Nagar. Jharkhand government renamed several places and colleges after Vajpayee's name.   

    Ladakh seeks tribal area status

    23 hours ago
    Leaders of Ladakh have appealed to the Centre to declare the region a tribal-area status under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. The move comes as the people are concerned to protect their land, culture, and identity after the abrogation of article 370 and the announcement of Ladakh as a Union Territory. Sixth Schedule: The Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution provides provisions for the administration of tribal areas in four north-eastern states namely Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, and Mizoram. The schedule includes Articles 244(2) and 275(1). It provides for the administration of tribal areas in the states after setting up the autonomous district and regional councils. The states are provided with special provisions in terms of governance, powers of the president and the governor, type of local bodies, alternate judicial mechanisms, financial powers, etc.

    Union HRD Minister inaugurates International Conference on Teacher Education

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    Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the International Conference titled “Journey of Teacher Education: Local to Global” The event took place in New Delhi. The two-day event is being organized by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE). It is a part of the silver jubilee celebration of its establishment in 1995. India and abroad people key areas like the present scenario of teacher education in the Indian context; innovations in teaching practices; integration of information and communications technology in teaching; inclusive education in teaching-learning environment; and internationalization of teacher education. Several policy makers addressed the audiences including Ms. Rina Ray, Secretary,  India has traditionally known for leadership in education and teacher preparation. Indian Teacher’ considered as Vishwa Guru (world’s teacher). The achievements of ancient Indian education system is the school Education is the foundation of the Indian nation and teachers. They shape the future of students to become productive citizens of tomorrow. The Ministry of Human Resources Development launched the world’s biggest project for teacher training named NISHTHA (National Initiative on School Teachers Head Holistic Advancement). Around 42 lakh teachers trained. The main aim of the initiative is India cannot truly progress until and unless the skills of teachers are upgraded. The school mapped 15 lakh schools across the country on various platforms.Around 19,000 teacher training institutes in India mapped on Google. The users can go online not only to see the geographical location of these institutes around the country. The way to collaborate with teacher education institutions which play a key role in their actual transformation. This conference organized to bring our school education system to a global standard . It provides a platform to eminent educationist, academicians, thinkers, practitioners and administrators to brainstorm the various issues and challenges and solutions for the existing teacher education system in the country.” NCTE NCTE established on 17th August 1995 with achieving planned and coordinated development of teacher education system throughout the country and maintenance of norms and standards . NCTE serves as an advisory body to Central and State Governments to ensure maintenance of standards and quality in Teacher Education. The mandate of NCTE is very broad and covers the entire gamut of Teacher Education programmes, including research and training of persons to equip them to teach at pre-primary, primary, secondary and senior secondary stages in schools and non-formal education, part-time education, adult education and distance education courses. There are around 17 Teacher Education programmes recognized by NCTE for prospective school teachers.  

    Air India, Indias first airline to fly over north pole

    2 days ago
    Air India became India's first Indian airline to operate commercial flights overflying the polar region. The airlines flew its Boeing 777 aircraft over the North pole. The Boeing 777 was Delhi-San Francisco flight.  New route: The flights generally take two routes to reach San Francisco from New Delhi, one over China, Japan crossing the Pacific Ocean and the other over Europe crossing the Atlantic Ocean. But the airlines changes its course and flew over zero degree north.  The aircraft was piloted by Captain Rajneesh Sharma and Captain Digvijay Singh.  Benefits: The new flight route will reduce the flight duration by around one-and-a-half hours. Also it will help to save fuel which would be in the range of 2,000 to 7,000 kilograms per flight. It would also reduce the carbon emission, which is generally between 6,000 to 21,000 kilograms, per flight.

    Three new products gets GI Tag

    2 days ago
    The Ministry of Commerce & Industry's Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has registered 3 more new Geographical Indication (GI) tags. The material includes Tawlhlohpuan and Mizo Puanchei from the state of Mizoram and Tirur Betel leaf from Kerala has been added. Tawlhlohpuan: Tawlhlohpuan is a Mizoram made medium to heavy, compactly woven, good quality fabric. It is known for warp yarns, warping, weaving & intricate designs that are made by hand. It is produced throughout the state of Mizoram, Aizawl and Thenzawl town being the main centre of production. Tawlhloh holds high significance in the Mizo society. Mizo Puanchei: Mizo Puanchei is a colourful Mizo shawl/textile from Mizoram. It is considered as the most colourful among the Mizo textiles. It is important and an essential possession for every Mizo lady. It is an important marriage outfit in the state. It is the most commonly used costume in Mizo festive dances and official ceremonies. Tirur betel vine: Tirur betel vine is produced from Kerala. It is valued its medicinal properties and its mild stimulant action. It is mainly cultivated in Tirur, Tanur, Tirurangadi, Kuttippuram, Malappuram and Vengara block panchayaths of Malappuram District.

    MoD clarifies there is no proposal to privatise OFB

    2 days ago
    The workshop is organized as part of the year-long celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The main focus of the workshop to discuss on social and legal issues as well as technological and managerial interventions with regard to human entry into sewers and septic tanks. The workshop will showcase best practices on Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of sewerage system. The mechanical cleaning of sewers, faecal sludge management with mechanical cleaning of septic tanks, co-treatment of septage, and showcase the latest equipment and machinery for cleaning of sewers and septic tanks in the exhibition. The roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Response Sanitation Unit (ERSU), a proposed unit to systematise human entry into sewer/septic tanks in a professional well trained, motivated and appropriately equipped manner.  Wastewater and stormwater management including rainwater harvesting in line with the Government’s focus on water conservation through the Jal Shakti Abhiyan . The important agenda of discussion at the workshop.The Ministry will release the Manual on Stormwater Drainage Systems, 2019 advisory on ERSU and the Directory of Sewer and Septic Cleaning Equipment prepared by technical experts A series of panel discussions and presentation of best practices on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) based biomethanation under Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoP&NG) and co treatment of organic fraction of MSW. The day long interaction among stakeholders is expected to culminate into a comprehensive roadmap for ensuring sustainable sanitation in urban areas.  State/ UT and ULB level representatives planned to organize similar workshops in their respective areas to further disseminate information and insights on this crucial subject thereby lending a new dimension to the issue of safe and sustainable sanitation.  

    Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences

    2 days ago
    Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the inauguration of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital laid the foundation stone for the Super Speciality Block and new doctors’ hostel at the Institute in presence of Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW), Shri Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor, GNCT, Smt Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, New Delhi and Shri Shiv Kumar ji, long-time associate and companion of Shri Atal ji. Dr. Harsh Vardhan the initiative epitomizes the political commitment, vision, and guidance from our beloved Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji to not only strengthen the tertiary healthcare in the country but also ensure the availability of healthcare professionals in remote areas by making medical education affordable to the people. Prime Minister is determined to achieve New India by 2022  Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary Dr Harsh Vardhan and Shri Vajpayee one of those rare leaders was loved by every section of the society and had the admiration and respect even of his opponents. Shri Atalji who recognised the need for major augmentation in the tertiary healthcare facilities in the country as early as 2003. The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), a flagship scheme of the Government.The setting up of six new AIIMS under the scheme in the year 2003.The National Health Policy 2002 launched it with the objective of achieving an acceptable standard of good health of Indian population by decentralizing public health system. The pro-poor scheme and innovative schemes started by Shri Atal ji helped millions.  Hospital - (ABVIMAS) Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences (ABVIMAS) has 100 MBBS a state-of-the-art medical college with reputed faculties and world-class infrastructure. Super Specialty Block more than 550 beds and the New Resident Doctors’ Hostel has 827-bed units. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW) paid rich tributes to the former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee he was a visionary leader. The central government is committed to quality medical education in this country. The present at the function were, Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW), Dr (Prof) V K Tiwari, Director & MS, Dr. RML Hospital along with other senior officers from the Ministry and faculty and students from Dr. RML Hospital.

    MoHUA to Organize One Day National Workshop Cum Exhibition on Sustainable Sanitation

    2 days ago
    The workshop is being organized as part of the year-long celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The main focus of the workshop involved on discuss social and legal issues as well as technological and managerial interventions with regard to human entry into sewers and septic tanks. The shop will showcase best practices on Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of sewerage system including mechanical cleaning of sewers, fecal sludge management with mechanical cleaning of septic tanks, co-treatment of septage, and showcase the latest equipment and machinery for cleaning of sewers and septic tanks in the exhibition. The roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Response Sanitation Unit (ERSU), a proposed unit to systematise human entry into sewer/septic tanks in a professional, well trained, motivated and appropriately equipped manner.  Wastewater and stormwater management including rainwater harvesting in line will release the Manual on Stormwater Drainage Systems, 2019.   The panel discussions through the day, the workshop will also see discussions and presentation of best practices on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) based biomethanation under Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoP&NG) and co treatment of organic fraction of MSW. The day-long interaction among stakeholders is expected to culminate into a comprehensive roadmap for ensuring sustainable sanitation in urban areas.  State/ UT and ULB level representatives in the coming days will organize similar workshops in their respective areas to further disseminate information and insights on this crucial subject.

    India suspends Thar Link Express to Pakistan

    2 days ago
    Thar Link Express that connects Jodhpur in India to Karachi in Pakistan. The rail links between the two countries as the services of Samjhauta Express The Thar Link Express undertake its journey scheduled for early Saturday (1 am) and the administration initiated the process of cancellation of all the 45 tickets which have been issued. The Thar Express has been suspended till further orders. The directions were issued by the railway ministry to the North Western Railway.The weekly train departs from Jodhpur's Bhagat Ki Kothi railway station on Saturdays and reach Munabao, the last station on the Indian side of the border, early morning.  At the zero point on the international border with Pakistan, passengers change trains. And a train from Pakistan then takes them to Karachi. Thar Express - History The Thar Express running between Jodhpur and Karachi since services resumed on February 18, 2006 after a 41-year suspension. The train service was suspended even after the deadly terrorist attack in Pulwama on February 14.Around four lakh passengers have taken the train in the past 13 years.The train departed from Bhagat Ki Kothi station with 165 passengers. The train from Pakistan was also received successfully by India with as many passengers. Pakistan last week announced a suspension of all train services to India after the Centre scrapped provisions of Article 370 and divided Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. Pakistan stopped the Lahore-Wagah Samjhauta Express services. The main rail link between the two hostile neighbours. The Indian Railways cancelled the New Delhi-Attari Samjhauta Express on its side.

    PM announced the road map for farmer welfare

    3 days ago
    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the roadmap for the welfare of farmers. The NDA government, in its second term, aims to double the income of the farmers. It also aims to provide house, electricity connection, optical fibre network and broadband connectivity to every house in all the villages across the country. Under the welfare of the farmers plan, 1.5 lakh wellness centers will be created at villages. It also aims to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers which can affect the health of soil.

    TamilNadu trifurcates Vellore district to form new districts

    3 days ago
    The MLAs (Member of the Legislative Assembly) and the general public, the chief minister of TamilNadu Shri Edappadi K Palaniswami made an announcement on trifurcation of Vellore district. Ranipet and Tirupattur will be the new districts carved out of Vellore. After the trifurcation, TamilNadu now has 37 districts. The announcement on August 15, 2019, independence day celebration at Fort St George in Chennai, TamilNadu. The K V Kuppam of Vellore district would be upgraded to a new taluka.This year has largest no. Of districts. They created with a total of 5 by the Edappadi K Palaniswami govt in TamilNadu. In July 2019, Chengalpet and Tenkasi were made new districts carved out from Kancheepuram and Tirunelveli districts respectively. The district of Kalakurichi was carved out from Villupuram district.

    TamilNadu awards people on various categories on the 73rd Independence Day

    3 days ago
    TamilNadu Chief Minister Shri Edappadi K Palaniswami conferred awards to people and organizations at Fort St. George on various categories on the 73rd Independence day celebration. It was conferred to Greater Chennai Police Commissionerate for the installation of ‘Third Eye’ CCTV (closed-circuit television). This award conferred to the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj for the Naganathi River Rejuvenation Project (Vellore) under MGNREGS(Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme).The Department of Commercial Taxes got this award for development of mobile app . They provide 24*7 assistance to migrate to GST(Goods and Service Tax) system .Chennai received certificate of appreciation for creating sensory parks for differently abled children under smart city project. The award for exemplary service for the welfare of Differently abled- best doctor awards: Dr.S Vetrivel chezian, Government Medical College Hospital.Dr.V Ramadevi, Government Kilpauk Medical College.Best private employer award: Everest Stabilizers private Ltd. Best social worker award: Mrs. Chandra Prasad of the pathway.Best co-operative bank award: Salem District Central Cooperative Bank.Chief minister’s state youth award: P.Naveen Kumar(Namakkal district), M.Anandakumar(Dindigul district), R.Kalaivani(Madurai district).The award rendered for service to women: M.Soosai Marian.

    Chhattisgarh state government increases reservation for SC and OBC

    3 days ago
    Chhattisgarh government announced an increase in the reservation for Scheduled caste (SC) from 12% to 13% and for Other Backward Classes (OBC) from 14% to 27%. This announcement was made by Chief Minister (CM) Shri Bhupesh Baghel This announcement was made on August 15 celebration at the Police parade ground in Raipur, Chattisgarh. The state’s reservation becomes a total of 72 percent is the highest in the country The reservation limit of 50 percent mandated by the Supreme court. The “Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi” which will be carved out of Bilaspur. This is done for better administration of the state. The state will have total districts to 28. Cow shelters: Cow shelters in the state will now be linked to biogas plants as a move of income generation. Also assistance of Rs.10,000/month given to Gowtham (cow shelter) committees. Lemru forest development: Development of the Lemru forest area as ‘Lemru elephant reserve announced. It is a mineral rich area in Korba district of Chhattisgarh. This move to take deal with the increasing man-animal conflicts in the northern part of the state.The govt. will be launching a new scheme ‘Suposhan Abhiyan’ on October 2 2019 to fight malnutrition across the state. The special initiative to provide forest land rights to tribals in Abhujmad was launched. There are 200 food parks in the state were promised. About Chhattisgarh Governor- Anusuiya Uikey Capital- Raipur (Atal Nagar)

    Online revenue payment system launched by CM of Odisha

    3 days ago
    Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik launched online revenue payment. The main aim is to provide people with an easier way to make their land revenue payments-online on 73rd Independence Day on August 15, 2019, at Bhubaneswar. This online payment system was developed at the National Informatics Centre- Bhubaneswar, Odisha. This is an initiative of the State revenue department of Odisha under the “5-T mantra”.  The 5T mantras are based on Technology, Transparency, Team work, Time and Transformation .Mahatma Gandhi’s talisman dedicated as part of his 150th birth anniversary. The talisman is inscribed on a brass plate in both English and Odia language with a neat sketch of the Father of the Nation.Veteran freedom fighters Bhavani Charan Patnaik and Nilamani Samal were present.The newly constructed Kharavel Bhavan built at a cost of Rs.128crore by L&T(Larsen & Toubro) on 8.3acres of land in Bhubaneswar was inaugurated by the CM.Around 11 departments of the state government will function in this building.It have a lounge and a conference hall for the CM. The building was named after Kharavela who was a king of Kalinga. About Odisha Chief Minister: Shri Naveen Patnaik  Capital- Bhubaneswar. Governor- Ganeshi Lal

    ONGC to invest Rs.83,000 crore to boost oil

    4 days ago
    The Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) is to invest around Rs.83,000 crore in 25 major projects to boost oil and gas production has stagnated in 2018. The cumulative oil and gas gain from these projects is expected to be over 180 million tonne of oil and oil equivalent gas over 32 Billion Cubic Meters (BCM) by financial year 2024. ONGC's production: ONGC already logged a net profit of Rs.26,716 crore an increase of 34% over in  2017-18. The MRPL achieved the highest ever throughput of 16.43 MT with a utilisation of 109.5%. ONGC had launched a nation-wide Solar Chulha Challenge with 86 Solar PV cooking stoves were installed at Bacha and Jamthi in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh. In FY19 the ONGC spent about Rs.615 Crore on CSR initiatives with a focus on national campaigns of the government like Swachh Bharat, education, health and nutrition among others. The company has earned its highest revenue of Rs.1,09,655 crore in FY19 as an increase of 29% from 2018.

    Palani panchamirtham get GI tag

    4 days ago
    The renowned Palani panchamirtham the prasadam at Dhandayuthapani Swamy temple in Palani has been given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. It is the first GI tag to prasadam in Tamilnadu. The  GI application of panchamirtham has made limited to the temple and the Palani town in Dindigul district by the Joint Commissioner and Executive Officer of Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Thirukoil of Palani in June 2016. The prasadam is  prepared only to meet the demands of devotees not for commercial purposes. About Palani  panchamirtham: The palani  panchamirtham is a  Abishega  prasadam  for religious devotees prepared at the top of Palani Hills by labourers and  the employ of the temple. The Palani panchamirtham is made by combining the five natural substances like banana, cow ghee, cardamom, jaggery and honey. Dates and sugar candies are added to it for extra flavours.   The panchamirtham is made without adding any water, preservatives or artificial ingredients in the absence of any chemical processes. The Palani panchamirtham is made under the guidance of Mysuru’s Central Food Technological Research Institute. It is also certified by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). About GI Tags in Tamil Nadu: Geographic Indication (GI) is a sign used on products that had a specific geographical origin, quality, reputation. Tamil Nadu has 30 GI tags for various products including handicrafts such as Salem fabric and Kancheepuram silk, agricultural items like Virupakshi Hill banana, Erode turmeric and Madurai Malli.

    Fifty Six BSF Officials Conferred with Medals on 73rd Independence Day

    4 days ago
    The Fifty Six Border Security Force (BSF)officials announced for conferring the  Police Medals on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, 2019. The five of them would confer with Police Medal for Gallantry for Distinguished Service. The operational planning, exemplary combat audacity, operational acumen and flawless conduct of the operation, the gallant Bordermen of 8 Battalion BSF Sh. Sandeep Kumar Gupta, Asstt Commandant, Sh. Sushil Singh, Asstt Commandant, HC Vinay Krishali and CT Sanjoy Pal awarded Police Medal for Gallantry. These 4 Bordermen were instrumental in neutralizing a dreaded naxal commander in an operation launched in the night intervening 14/15 Dec 2017 in the general area of Bandhi Gude District – Malkangiri, Orissa. President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service - 05 1.Sh. Om Prakash Tripathi, DIG, FHQ, BSF 2.Sh. Ashok Kumar Yadav, DIG, Ftr HQ, BSF TRA 3Sh. Rabindra Pal Singh Malik , DIG Ftr HQ, BSF TRA 4.Sh. Balbir Singh Sandhu, 2IC (Work), FHQ, BSF 5.Sh. Sudhir Kumar Mishra, 165 BN BSF   Police Medal for Meritorious Service - 46   1.       Sh. Sandeep Rawat, Commandant, STC BSF Chakur 2.       Sh. Rajesh Kumar Kanwar, Commandant, SHQ BSF Bhilai 3.       Sh. Ramesh Kumar Sharma, Commandant, Ftr HQ, Jammu 4.      Sh. Suman Florence Trikey, Commandant, Command HQ SPL OPS 5.       Sh. C H Sethuram, Commandant, 162 Bn, BSF 6.       Sh. Sudhindra Kumar Singh, Commandant, BIDR BSF T/PUR 7.       Sh. Manish Aul, Commandant, SHQ BSF, SHILLONG 8.       Sh. Sukhminderhit Singh Mand, Commandant, 56 Bn, BSF 9.       Sh. Raja Paul, Commandant, DIG(HQ) FHQ 10.     Sh. S. Shiva Murthy, Commandant, Ftr HQ Odisha 11.   Sh Surinder Singh Rana, LO GDE-I Commandant, SDG(WC)BSF     CHG 12.     Sh. Dalbir Singh, 2nd-in-Command, 55 Bn BSF 13.     Yash Pal, 2nd-in-Command, Ftr HQ, Jammu 14.     Sh. Madan Mohan Kandpal, Deputy- Commandant, 3 Bn BSF 15.     Sh. Madan Singh, Deputy- Commandant (Sports), Ftr HQ,   Rajasthan 16.     Sh. Anurag Kumar Azad, Deputy- Commandant, 1 Bn BSF 17.     Sh. Surinder Singh, Deputy- Commandant, 62 Bn BSF 18.     Sh Jagdeep Kumar, Deputy- Commandant, DIG(HQ) FHQ 19.     Sh. Kunj Bihari Prasad, Deputy- Commandant, Ftr HQ, M&C 20.     Sh. Rameshwar Lal Bishnoi, Deputy- Commandant, 161 Bn BSF 21.     Sh. Lakhwinder Singh Brar, Deputy- Commandant, 91 Bn BSF 22.     Sh. Puran Lal Meena, Deputy- Commandant, 78 Bn BSF 23.     Sh. TriyugiNathMaurya, Asstt- Commandant, 51 Bn BSF 24.     Sh. Murari Lal Meena, Asstt- Commandant, 151 Bn BSF 25.     Sh. Jacob Koshy, Asstt- Commandant, 3 Bn BSF 26.     Sh. Suresh Kumar, Asstt- Commandant, SHQ BSF, JAMMU 27.     Sh. V Nagarajan, Asstt- Commandant (Min), STC BSF, Indore. 28.     Sh. Hari Krishan, Inspector(GD), CSWT Indore 29.     Sh. Kailash Babu, Inspector (G), 65 Bn BSF 30.     Sh. Ajeet Singh Shekhawat, Inspector (G), 78 Bn BSF 31.     Sh. Surender Singh, Inspector (GD), STC BSF, K/Camp 32.     Sh. Sumer Singh, Sub-Inspector(GD), 133 Bn BSF 33.     Sh. Jawahar Yadav, Inspector(GD), 115 Bn BSF 34.     Sh. Pushparajan R, Inspector(GD), STC BSF, Baikunthpur 35.     Sh. Ashok Kumar, Inspector(GD), 38 Bn BSF 36.     Sh. Rajbir Singh Tomar, Inspector(GD), 151 Bn BSF 37.     Sh. HekisheSema, Inspector(GD), 111 Bn BSF 38.     Sh. Mohan Kumar A M Inspector(COMM), 179 Bn BSF 39.     Sh. Dalbir Singh, Inspector(RO), STS-I Tigari BSF 40.     Sh. Hayat Singh Pundhir, Sub-Inspector(GD), 96 Bn BSF 41.     Sh. Ashok Kumar, Sub-Inspector(GD), 100 Bn BSF 42.     Sh. Nikhil Chandra Sharma, Sub-Inspector(GD), 179 Bn BSF 43.     B Chandra Sekhara Raju, Sub-Inspector(GD), 10 Bn BSF 44.     Sh. Sarjeet Singh, Sub-Inspector(GD), DIG (HQ) FHQ  45.     Sh. Paras Ram, Sub-Inspector(GD), 170 Bn BSF 46.     Sh. Kishan Lal, Constable(Tailor), STC BSF, Indore.

    Uttarakhand gets full member status in the BCCI by CoA

    4 days ago
    Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) granted full membership in the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). This is done by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) on August 13, 2019. The association inducted as a member association. It is the full member with amendments that are required to be communicated by CoA. This membership grant brought an end to long-standing dispute among Uttarakhand Cricket Association(UKCA), United Cricket Association ( UTCA), Uttaranchal Cricket Association (UCA) and the CAU vying for BCCI affiliation.The Uttarakhand cricket association was also asked to appoint an electoral officer by September 14, 2019, in accordance with the approved constitution. About BCCI Headquarters- Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. Chief executive officer- Rahul Johri. President- Vinod Rai (interim)

    Indian Railways to get CORAS

    4 days ago
    Ministry of Railways and Commerce & Industry launched Commando for Railway Security (CORAS) of Indian Railways. It was launched by Shri Piyush Goyal. He also launched a new establishment manual for Railway Protection Force (RPF). The induction of CORAS was planned in RPF.  The Ministry also plans to install a new network of CCTV cameras at every station. It will be set up to enhance the security of Railway passengers. The CCTV links will be connected to the local stations, Government Railway Police (GRP), RPF, Divisional office and to the Minister’s office.  Aim: The launch of CORAS is aimed at providing security to the Railway passengers. It has been launched to meet the challenges to Railway security. It also ensures to develop world level capabilities of specialized responder for any situation pertaining to damage, disturbance, disruption of train operations, attack/hostage/hijack, disaster situations in railway areas. Commando for Railway Security (CORAS): CORAS will be a special Railway Unit and a separate Commando Unit of RPF. It is a result of detailed policy formulation. Railway Protection Force is always involved in protecting Railway passengers and Railway property in far and inaccessible threat prone areas.  CORAS team, a protection force, will be provided with the best, most modern equipment and world class training. A new state of the art commando training centre will be established in Jagadhri, Haryana. This special unit will be trained to meet any challenging situation.

    AePS crosses milestone of 200 million transactions in July 2019

    4 days ago
    An umbrella organization for operating retail payments and settlement, National Payments Corporation of India(NPCI) stated that Aadhaar enabled Payment System (AePS) used by a total of 6.65 crore Indian citizens at 220.18 million. The transaction value Rs 9,685.35 crore during July 2019 against the transaction count of 194.33 million. They maintained a transaction value of Rs 8,867.33 crore in June 2019.This will help improve the reaching out of financial inclusion in India.Aadhaar is used as an identity to access respective Aadhaar Aadhaar enabled bank account and perform basic banking transactions like cash withdrawal, intrabank or interbank fund transfer and balance enquiry.AePS transaction requires the name of the customer’s bank, Aadhaar number, and fingerprint captured during enrollment.AePS delivers 4As’ for financial inclusion to a rural part of India which includes authentication of customer, availability of services, accessibility through AePS channel and affordability as it’s free of cost to the customers.It allows basic interoperable banking transactions at the point of sale (PoS)/MicroATM through which the Business Correspondent(BC) of any bank by using Aadhaar authentication. About NPCI: Founded: 2008 Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra MD & CEO: Mr. Dilip Asbe

    Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates new hockey academy in Bhubaneswar

    4 days ago
    Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, inaugurated a high-performance hockey centre Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA) The main aim is to groom sports talent in the state. The newly opened centre will produce young Olympians. Tata Steel CEO and MD, T.V. Narendran present during the inauguration function. Tata Steel has always supported and encouraged sports as a vocation and a career. It is always our effort to nurture sporting talent by providing access to state-of-the-art sports facilities and rigorous training. Tata Steel has a significant connect with youth at the grass-root level through various programmes. There are 10-20 grassroots centres will be initially established in Sambalpur and Sundargarh districts and the talent scouted from the grassroots centres will be recommended for admission into the sports hostels.The continuous flow will be ensured by grassroots centres and the RDCs. The government will develop infrastructure in these regions to improve the quality of hockey players being fed into the RDCs and NTHA Odisha. The young players from the community will be trained and provided with career opportunities as trainers and coordinators in these centres.NTHA Odisha will be operated from the existing infrastructure that was set-up to host the Odisha Men's Hockey World Cup in 2018 in Bhubaneswar. Bovelander Hockey Academy from the Netherlands, founded by the European Champion, World Champion and three-time Olympian, Floris Jan Bovelander will be the technical partner in the programme.

    Ladakh celebrated 1st Independence Day after being declared UT

    4 days ago
    Ladakh becomes a Union Territory after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir celebrated Independence Day with local BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal. The parliamentarian, whose speech in the Lok Sabha after the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir drew praises and playing the drums along with locals. Namgyal hoisted the national flag at the local BJP office along with party national general secretary Ram Madhav.The centre stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status under Article 370 and split it into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. It will come into existence on October 31.The region got "independence from Kashmir" and the celebration is "just a trailer" for the development of Ladakh. Banners bearing slogans like "UT of Ladakh celebrates its 1st Independence Day".The tricolour in each and every house of Ladakh symbolises the patriotism of the people and their unwavering commitment towards India.Ladakh got independence from Kashmir adding that the spirit of patriotism is very high among school students and adults alike in the region. The cultural performances by students were a delight of the celebrations and the entire atmosphere was filled with patriotic fervour and unity.The Independence Day in the traditional Ladakhi style through the beating of the 'daman' and 'surna',"  On the occasion of Independence Day, we celebrate the martyrdom of our heroes. The four young heroes who laid down their lives agitating for the UT status for Ladakh.

    Centre to institute MV accident fund

    August 15, 2019
    Centre plans to institute a Motor Vehicle (MV) Accident Fund, a relief fund to victims of road accidents. The announcement comes after passing the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act on 9 August.  MV accident Fund: The act says that the centre will provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users in the country. The accident fund will be used for treatment of road accident victims or compensation to relatives in case of death by road accident under the sections of MV amendment act 161 and 162. The maximum liability amount to be paid in each case will be prescribed by the Centre. Fund managed by: The MV Accident fund will be managed by an authority or agency who is appointed by the Centre. The agency will have high knowledge of insurance business of the agency, capability of the agency to manage funds and any other criteria fixed by the government. Comptroller and Auditor General of India will audit the fund in regular intervals.

    Assam Golden Butterfly tea variety auctioned for Rs.75,000 at GTAC

    August 15, 2019
    In Assam, a kilogram of Golden Butterfly tea struck gold at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) as it was sold at Rs.75,000. This is a new international record bettering the previous high of Rs.70,501 per kg. Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) said that the growing demand for speciality tea helped the ‘Golden Butterfly tea’ surpass the earlier record by Rs.4,499. The hand-crafted tea was made from tender leaves and buds available only around June-July. It was produced by Dikom Tea Estate near eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh town. Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC): The GTAC is a centre for showcasing high-priced Assam speciality tea and provided an opportunity to sellers who want to sell their tea at remunerative prices. GTAC auction centre has created an image of a place where records are meant to be broken and history. GTAC witnessed two big records in July with orthodox variety 'Maijan Golden Tips' fetched a price of Rs.70,501 per kg. Manohari Gold is a another specialty orthodox tea variety was sold One kilogram at Rs.50,000.

    Mohali gets first 3-D traffic signal

    August 15, 2019
    Mohali traffic police have launched 3-D Smart Traffic Signal devised by the students of a Chandigarh university. The wireless system, called 'Intelights',  installed at the traffic crossing near the Airport Road, on a pilot project basis, It will regulate traffic signals with a smart bird's eye view wireless sensor system.  The system, which was devised by the students over three years of intensive research. The test trial phase for the last eight months before its final launch. The team worked to develop one-of-its-kind, real-time solution for defending 'Green Corridors' for ambulances while controlling the movement of vehicles on roads. The Intelights proposes a 360-degree solution to curb the rising problem of traffic congestion. One of the major reasons for traffic congestion is the inefficient working of traffic signal timers installed at intersections. The timers of traffic lights display a preset value which leads to waste of time. For instance, consider a scenario where green light of '20 seconds' is displayed but there is no vehicle present at that particular intersection.'Intelights' proposes an Intelligent Traffic Timer Control; which uses dynamic signal control technology to adjust the timers of red, yellow and green lights according to the traffic density at an intersection. The system uses existing CCTV cameras to gather live traffic video feed, and automatically evaluates the traffic density using Artificial Intelligence, and sets the signal timers. This process is repeated for every cycle of traffic lights to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

    Karnataka government launches E-Step, a programme for student entrepreneurs

    August 15, 2019
    The Department of IT, BT and S&T in Karnataka through Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS)launched the E-step The main aim is to promote an initiative to empower student start-ups. The E-Step focuses on boot camps, mentoring and training programmes which cover various aspects of entrepreneurship. E-Step, an initiative from Start-up Cell, is specially crafted for students/start-ups/entrepreneurs to understand the basics of entrepreneurship from experienced trainers. In the first phase, a day-long boot camp across New Age Incubation Networks (NAIN) organised. The Boot camps will be held at 30 colleges between August 12 and September 14 in Mandya, Chikkaballapura, Tumakuru, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Davanagere, Ballari, Dharwad, Belagavi, Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Kalaburgi and Bidar. Karnataka Government The Karnataka government is to instil the spirit of entrepreneurship and E-Step is one such initiative where we identify and groom young talent. There are around  2,499 students between the age group of 18 and 26 have registered, and almost 50 per cent off them are female participants. The boot camp gives participants an overview of the current start-up system. It also acts as a platform for ideation where teams will work on various ideas based on problems, solutions, competitors and customers. They will also work on product design and marketing. There will also be a session on product development, sales and customer engagement, business model and creation of a pitch deck. The boot camp also includes a mock pitch session and a mentor talk. The Air India (AI) announced its inaugural passenger flight over the North Pole region from August 15 between New Delhi and San Francisco. The first commercial service will be operated by Captain Rajneesh Sharma and Captain Digvijay Singh It marked the "maturing of civil aviation in India as another frontier is crossed. Air India conquered this frontier in 2007.He took delivery of the brand new aircraft and flew it over the North Pole from Seattle to New Delhi. The Passengers will benefit from reduced fuel consumption and a better environment from reduced carbon emissions. Air India is in a unique position to offer direct (non-stop) flights between India and North America but the Polar route between the two countries. India and North America benefit immensely by using existing North Polar routes for commercial air operations. The AI has flights to the US from the Atlantic and Pacific routes as part of its endeavour to conserve fuel, slash travel time, improve aircraft utility and reduce carbon emissions. According to AI, the fuel-saving on the Polar route is expected to be in the region of 02 to 07 tonnes with a resultant decrease in carbon emission of 06 to 21 tonnes per flight. The North Pole region gave airlines an opportunity to reach destinations previously not available for non-stop services and reduce flying times on existing routes and city pairs. The increased route resulted in major improvements in areas of aviation infrastructure like communications, air traffic control, and services supplies at remote airports. The Polar region still falls short of the infrastructure and the logistics standards of the more widely used air-spaces, thereby offering unique opportunities laced with distinct challenges. The area of Magnetic unreliability, limited choices for diversion to alternative airports, solar radiation, fuel freezing, passenger and aircraft retrieval in case of diversions, are some specific factors requiring active mitigation to ensure equivalent levels of safety.

    RPF launched Operation Number Plate

    August 14, 2019
    Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Indian Railways launched Operation “Number Plate”, a Special Drive to curb unidentified vehicles. The operation was launched under the direction of DG/RPF, Sh.Arun Kumar. All Local Police and Commercial Department of Railways showed their active interest in the operation. Aim: The unidentified vehicles pose a serious threat to the security and safety of passengers and other stake holders of railway. RPF will identify and verify all vehicles parked in Railway premises, circulating area, parkings and even in the No Parking areas for longer duration.  The drive was conducted from 9th August to 11th August at 466 Railway Stations all over Indian Railways. A penalty of Rs.59000 have been recovered as the charges for unauthorized parking and 549 vehicles were towed away. All RPF and Zonal Railways were instructed to continue the activity looking into threats related to security of Railways.

    BCI imposed 3 years ban on opening new law colleges

    August 14, 2019
    The Bar Council of India (BCI) imposed a temporary ban of 3 years on opening new law colleges. The moratorium will be exceptional to the National Law University that are proposed by a government in a State where there is no such varsity. BCI also said that it can open any model institution of Legal Education, like the National Law School of India University it opened in Bengaluru. BCI requested all the State governments and varsities to stop unfair means and ensure that vacancies of law teachers in all the colleges are filled within four months.  The Council also said that it will consider the pending proposals only and no fresh application would be entertained for any new institution. It also plans to improve the standard of teaching by training law teachers in the country. Reason: There are about 1,500 law college in all parts of the country for the law courts. Many institutions lack infrastructure and chronic teaching vacancies.

    Priyam Chatterjee becomes first Indian chef to receive Chevalier de lOrdre du Merite Agricoleto

    August 14, 2019
    Government of France conferred the Indian Chef Priyam Chatterjee with ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mrite Agricoleto’ in New Delhi. Chatterjee becomes the first Indian from Kolkata to receive this honor in recognition of his great contribution towards reinventing the gastronomic scene in India. French Ambassador to India Alexander Ziegler conferred Indian chef Chatterjee. He is currently the head chef at Jaan Restaurant Yacht in France, before that he was the head chef of Rooh, and Qla, in Mehrauli(France).He is popularly known for traditional dishes of West Bengal  Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mrite Agricoleto’: The award instituted in the year 1883, is a distinction by the French Republic for outstanding contributions, among others, to agriculture, agro-food industry, and gastronomy.

    Doordarshan channel produced a patriotic song Watan

    August 14, 2019
    Union Information and Broadcasting Minister released a patriotic song “Watan” The main aim is to mark the occasion of Independence Day, 2019. The song is sung by singer Javed Ali, penned by lyricist Alok Shrivastav and musically composed by Dushyant. The patriotic song is produced by Doordarshan. The main song highlights several path-breaking initiatives of the government including the determination and vision behind the recent successful launch of “Chandrayaan 2”. The song pays tribute to the bravery and valour of our armed forces and the martyrs of the country. The song is currently available on all the stations and kendras of All India Radio and Doordarshan. Doordarshan promoted a song called Mile Sur Mera Tumhara with an accompanying video propagating national integration and unity in diversity. Featuring celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Sharmila Tagore, Mallika Sarabhai, Hema Malini, Tanuja, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and several others, it saw a recreated version in 2010 with an updated cast and titled as Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara.“Mile Sur Mera Tumhara was about celebrating unity in diversity whereas the new song is about the aspirations of New India, centered on its courage, valor and the promise we make to our country to take it to greater heights and do things to make it the best.  

    Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal lead a delegation to Vladivostok, Russia

    August 14, 2019
    Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr Piyush Goyal tried to enhance trade and investment from India to the Far East region of Russia at Vladivostok, Russia from August 11-13, 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the 5th edition of the Eastern Economic Forum in September 2019 . Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the guest of honor. The event was the result of a collaboration between Invest India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic under the leadership of Alexander Kozlov.The delegation included the Chief Ministers of Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh About 200 Russian companies, Investment Agencies and Funds took part from the Russian side. Indian Delegation The Indian delegation included more than 125 representatives from business stakeholders interacted with Russian counterparts on opportunities in the mining and processing of diamonds and other rare metals, railways, agriculture, fisheries and food processing, oil and gas, forestry and timber, coal and power, ceramics, tourism, shipbuilding, technical education. The achievement of Trade target of $30 billion by 2025. The Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) signed in the areas of trade, economy, investment, scientific and technical cooperation by India & Russia. An MoU signed between Amity University and Far East Federal University to enhance relations and develop academic and cultural exchange in the areas of education and research. The MoU on skill development was signed between National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Far East Investment and Export Agency. The metals, rare-earths, and fisheries with the representatives of both countries.Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath on collaboration in the field of agriculture, renewable energy, and food processing. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani spoke in particular of the possibilities of collaboration in gold and diamond mining, and application of the latest technology for utilization of natural resources.

    Union Government re-initiates process of amending Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act

    August 13, 2019
    Union Health Ministry has re-initiated the process of amending the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). The main aim is to strengthen its provisions including a ban on the sale of loose cigarettes and a heavy fine for violation of rules. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) guidelines, sources said. Currently, the penalty for smoking in restricted areas is up to Rs200. The ministry proposed a number of amendments to the 2003 legislation and put the draft Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill in the public domain in 2015.It was withdrawn in 2017 to have a re-look at the draft provisions and come up with a better version.The earlier draft proposed increasing the fine amount to Rs1,000, doing away with on-site advertising of tobacco products and removing designated smoking areas from hotels, restaurants and airports. A Nasha Mukti Abhiyan Task Force was constituted with the health secretary as its chairperson and additional secretary and mission director (National Health Mission) as its vice chairperson to formulate a detailed preventive and promotive care strategy for addressing tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse. The National Health Policy 2017 of the Indian government identifies coordinated action on addressing tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse as one of the seven priority areas as outlines for improving the environment for health. The first meeting of the Nasha Mukti Abhiyan Task Force was held on June 7, 2018 after which three working groups on preventive aspects, regulatory mechanisms and curative aspects were constituted to formulate strategy for the de-addiction drive. The working group on regulatory mechanisms is analyzing the existing provisions of the legislation for amending it.

    Centre to start special hospitals with Indian Medicines in 150 districts

    August 13, 2019
    Ministry of AYUSH plans to start Special hospitals offering Indian Systems of Medicines like Siddha and Ayurveda in 150 districts across the country. The announcement was made by Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shri Sripad Yesso Naik in the inauguration of the Ayurveda medical College in Vellore, Tamilnadu on 12 August. Research institutes and courses: Research institutes will be started in various parts of the country with an aim to encourage research into Indian Medicine systems.  The ministry announced a six months course in basic medicine. This course has been started with the intention of providing basic healthcare in rural areas. Ministry of AYUSH: AYUSH - Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy The Ministry was founded on 9 November 2014. It is headquartered at New Delhi. The Minister responsible is Shripad Naik (MOS independent charge) The Ministry is responsible for developing, education and research in the field of alternative medicines including ayurveda, yoga, unani, naturopathy, siddha and homoeopathy.

    Two Day exhibition on DAE Technologies inaugurated in New Delhi

    August 13, 2019
    The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, is organizing a two-day exhibition on DAE spin-off technologies for non-power applications. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Shri Rakesh Gupta. The exhibition is open to the public for two days (Aug 11-12, 2019). The exhibition is covering technologies developed by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore and other Units of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) are useful for the common man. Health Sector :  In health sector there are three segments  i) Development of Radio Pharmaceuticals ii) Production & Distribution iii) its implementation for diagnosis and therapeutic application. The treatment of Cancer is managed by Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), a fully autonomous aided institution of DAE, provides comprehensive treatment to cancer patients.  Medical devices for Tele-ECG, Bhabhatron- A Radiation teletherapy machine, screening of TB and Cancer are on display. Agriculture sector: DAE has developed 44 high yielding seed varieties by inducing mutations to suit local weather conditions across the country. DAEhas also developed technologies of fertilizer production from bio-sludge and encourages organic farming. The disease resistant, low maturity period and high yielding crops have been well accepted by the farmers. Rural technologies are also being made available to rural youth through ‘AKRUTI’ programme. DAE developed technologies for clean water to fulfill departmental requirements and as spin-off developed many techniques which finds applications in ultrafiltration membrane.  RO membrane, multistage flash evaporation and water hydrology based on radiotracers. Low cost water filters for removal of all contamination from drinking water have been displayed. Environment Sector DAE technologies are findings lot of applications for Swachh Bharat Mission where bio methanation Urban Sludge Hygienization technologies are being deployed across the country.  “Nisargruna” plant is a bio- Methanation plant for digesting kitchen food waste and green vegetable wastes from agriculture markets to Methane gas which can be used for cooking/generating electricity or even for running biogas vehicles. 

    Maharashtra seeks Rs.3000 crore as monetary assistance from the Centre

    August 13, 2019
    The Maharashtra government has sought Rs.3,000 crore package as assistance from the Centre before the final review of the inter-ministerial committee on disaster management on assessment of the damage caused by the flood. Earlier, Karnataka State has sought Rs.3000 crore for interim flood relief.   The State's Relief and Rehabilitation, and Revenue department officials will asses the losses in the western Maharashtra from 70 talukas of Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Thane, Nasik, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg districts. The Cabinet will review the State’s proposal.   In Maharashtra the crop destruction alone will be more than Rs.125 crore and around 27,468 hectare of agriculture land has been completely destroyed. Karnataka: Earlier, the Karnataka State govt. has sought Rs.3,000 crore as monetary assistance from the Centre. Karnataka’s assessment of damages are based on losses in 2,694 villages in 86 talukas of 17 districts.

    Draft Agricultural policy released by Odisha government

    August 12, 2019
    The Odisha government released a Draft Agricultural Policy 2019 for the agriculture sector and to focus on increasing the income of farmers.  Main Aim: To strengthen the social as well as the economic well-being of the farmers, sharecroppers and landless laborers. The Proper use of resources and opportunities with advanced technologies available to contribute to the farmers’ wellbeing.There are about 50,000 single landless women in Odisha. These women will be specially targeted in this draft policy scheme for economic development.The draft policy have 8 specific strategies. They are leveraging science and technology, adoption to climate change, markets, higher productivity, infrastructure, diversification, skilling and strengthening institutions.The agricultural policy implemented in Odisha was in the year 2016. The year witnessed production of food grains by producing 117 lakh MT (Metric Tonne) for 2016-2017. The rate of the monthly income of the farmers grew the fastest between 2002-03 and 2015-16 where the average monthly income of a farmer of Odisha increased from ₹1,062 to ₹7,731. This indicated a growth of 16.5%against the national growth of 11.7%. The other previous scheme is Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (Kalia) scheme was launched in December 2018. This scheme is being extended for another five years.

    UP govt creates world record by planting over 22 crore saplings in one day on 77th anniversary of the Quit India Movement

    August 12, 2019
    Uttar Pradesh(UP) chief minister(CM) Yogi Adityanath launched the mega greenery plantation drive called “Vriksharopan Mahakumbh” sets a world record by planting over 22 crore saplings in a day. The state entered the Guinness World Records’ for distributing 76,823 saplings simultaneously in six hours across the state. The first record made for planting Five crore saplings in the first hour i.e. from 9 am to 10 am. The 2nd record was made for planting 1.1 lakh saplings in Kasganj in presence of UP governor, Anandi Ben Patel. The 3rd record was made in Prayagraj for distribution of a record of 66,000 saplings at the same place in a certain time frame and the 4th record was made for planting 22 crore saplings in a day. The state announced to plant 25 crore saplings in the Van Mahotsav in 2020. Adityanath unveiled the logo of ‘Vriksharopan Mahakumbh’ and handed saplings of ‘Sahjan’ (Drumstick) to 5 rural women. The CM launched the drive by planting Harishankari, a combination of three sacred trees (peepul, pakar and banyan) at Jaitikheda area in Lucknow.

    Rajnath Singh approves Child Care Leave for Male Service Personnel in Defence Forces

    August 12, 2019
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved extending benefits of childcare leave to single male service personnel. The decision is in sync with an order by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).  The decision is in sync with an order by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). The minister gave his nod for giving certain relaxation in childcare leave (CCLNSE 1.31 %) provisions in case of women officers in defence forces. The CCL is granted only to women officers in defence forces. Recently, DoPT has made certain amendments to allow CCL to civilian employees whereby the CCL granted to woman employees till now has been extended to the single male government. The age limit of 22 years prescribed earlier in the case of a child with 40 per cent disability has been removed for the purpose of availing CCL. Further, the minimum period of CCL that can be availed at a time has been reduced to 05 days instead of 15 days. The single male service personnel will be able to avail the benefit of CCL. Single male service personnel and woman officers of defence forces will also be able to avail CCL in respect of child with 40 per cent disability without any restriction of age limit for the child. Further, the minimum period of CCL that can be availed in each spell has been reduced to five days from the earlier limit of 15 days officials.

    Shri Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates Mukhyamantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana

    August 12, 2019
    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a scheme Mukhyamantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana for the farmers having farmlands of less than 1 acre to 5 acres will be provided by Rs5,000-25,000. The launching ceremony was held in 23 districts apart from Ranchi. The benefit of the scheme is about 3000 crores will be sent to the account of 35 lakh farmers. The government has promised the farmers to double their income by 2020. As soon Mukhyamantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana will launch and the amount will transfers to the beneficiary accounts.The state government will spend an amount of 2250 crores for increasing the income of farmers  About money Distrubution The  Department of Agriculture has many percentage scheme of money distribution based on land acres .The farmers having land of  1acre will have 5000 rupees.The farmers having land of  2acre will have 10,000 rupees The farmers having land of  3 acre will have 15,000rupees.The farmers having land of 4 acre will have 20,000rupees .The farmers having land of 5 acre will have 25,000rupees  

    Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan inaugurates interstate portability in two clusters of states

    August 12, 2019
    The main objective of ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan inaugurated the inter-State portability of public distribution in two clusters in the adjoining States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Gujarat and Maharashtra. One Nation one ration card   The one nation one ration card is the system has its ability to buy subsidized food grains from ration shops in any part of the country at low cost. ABOUT ePOS: The Installation of electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) devices is the portability of ration card holders supported by the Aadhaar authentication. About 77 percent otherwise as More than 4.1 lakh ePoS devices are already in  operational across the country. More  than 85 percent ration cards in the country have been seeded with Aadhaar numbers of the beneficiaries in  25 States/UTs have either completed the installation Significance There are 11 States/Union Territories, including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Tripura, have implemented the intra-State portability of ration cardholders to lift the entitled foodgrains from any Fair Price Shops (FPSs) within their State  are expected to introduce inter-State portability from January 1,2020.  

    Indian Railways launches onboard shopping

    August 11, 2019
    Indian Railways introduced onboard shopping in train for passengers traveling in the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Karnavati Express. The services will start from Thursday and passengers can enjoy it on both the directions of the train. This will give the opportunity to passengers to buy FMCG products of daily need while commuting. The Ministry of Railways tweeted about the new service. The passengers can buy cosmetics, stationery and other items on some trains on MRP. Among others, household products, oral care, skincare, haircare products, cosmetics, health-related items, paper products, confectionery, stationery products and other will be available and sold as per their maximum retail price. Apart from the cash payment mode, passengers traveling in the train and buying goods can make payment through credit cards, debit cards, Google Pay and Paytm.The double-decker Karnavati Express travels from Ahmedabad to Mumbai Central and vice-versa. The  Mumbai division of Western Railway was awarded the contract for onboard shopping for passengers in 16 mail and express trains for a period of five years to a private player who will have the license to sell household products and beauty products among others. The contract was given for five years at a cost of ₹3.5 crore.

    Train ticket booking through IRCTC to get costlier

    August 11, 2019
    E-tickets bought through IRCTC will get more costly as the Indian Railways has decided to restore service fee charges. Almost three years they were withdrawn to promote digital payments a pet project of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The Railway Board gave its approval to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to restore the mechanism of charging service charge from passengers booking online tickets. The IRCTC, railways ticketing and tourism arm, had made a "detailed case" for the restoration of service charge on booking of e-ticket and the matter has been examined by the "competent authority".The Finance Ministry contended that the scheme of waiving of service charges was a temporary one and that the railway ministry could begin charging e-tickets. The competent authority has decided that IRCTC may take a suitable decision on the imposition/restoration of convenience fee/service charges and the quantum to be levied," the letter said. The IRCTC saw a 26 per cent drop in Internet ticketing revenue in financial year 2016-17.IRCTC used to levy a service charge of ₹20 on every non-AC e ticket and ₹40 for every AC ticket.IRCTC will now have to decide whether it will keep the earlier charges or increase it. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)  Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles the catering, tourism and online ticketing operations of the Indian railways, with around 5,50,000 to 6,00,000 bookings every day is the world's second-busiest and highest of 15 to 16 lakh tickets every day.  Headquarters: New Delhi

    Rohingya refugees get identity cards in Bangladesh

    August 11, 2019
    Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh issued identity documents by the UNHCR. The bio-metric, fraud-proof cards are being issued jointly by Bangladeshi authorities and UNHCR to all verified refugees over the age of 12. These cards will help in establishing and safeguarding the right of Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Myanmar.The current registration exercise began in June 2018 and it is scheduled to be completed during the last quarter of the current year. UNHCR’s Bio-metric Identity Management System (BIMS) captures bio-metric data, including fingerprints and iris scans which secure each refugee’s unique identity as well as other important information such as family links.UNHCR, Bangladesh more than 9 lakh Rohingya refugees out of which close to 7 lakh 50 thousand refugees arrived after August 2017 fleeing Rakhine province of Myanmar amid violence and military crackdown. Bangladesh claims to have 11 lakh Rohingya refugees in the country.

    Third International EV Conclave held in Manesar

    August 11, 2019
    The third International Electric Vehicle Conclave was held at the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) in Manesar, Haryana. The aim of the Conclave was to create a knowledge sharing platform in the automotive sector. It also ensured the flow of information at all levels in the automotive sector. Organised by: The conclave was organized by ICAT in association with India Energy Storage Alliance. The conclave focused on new trends and challenges in the field of electric mobility. Participants: More than 200 delegates from more than 80 organizations participated in the conclave. The next Conclave is to be organized in July 2020.

    Manipur tops the Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in the country

    August 11, 2019
    Manipur has topped the rankings in Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in the country. Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan released a report on Breastfeeding in New Delhi. Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar are at the bottom positions of the report card. National capital Delhi is also among the worst-performing States. The Breastfeeding report card has been developed by devising a composite score based on three indicators namely early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for six months and complimentary feeding at 6-8 months of child's age. BPNI: The Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) seeks to enhance nutrition, health and development of infants and young children through programmes designed to increase national and state commitments, education of public and health care workers about breastfeeding. The 45% children died due to undernutrition effects The Breastfeeding Improves the child’s IQ level. The benefit of Breastfeeding not only saves child but also saves the mother from breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

    Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum in Punjab sets record

    August 11, 2019
    Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum in Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib town is to find a place in the Asia Book of Records. It is the most visited museum in the Indian sub-continent in a single day. The museum witnessed a record footfall of 20,569 visitors on a single day on March 20.  Virasat-e-Khalsa is a museum of Sikhism, located in the holy town, Anandpur Sahib Chandigarh.

    Kerala signs MoU with ISRO VSSC to promote space technology in state

    August 10, 2019
    The Kerala government and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to give a push to the state's endeavour in space technology. The agreement signed by State IT Secretary M Sivasankar and VSSC Director S Somanath. It was signed  in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan VSSC and the Kerala Government joining hands for the project, Kerala is set to make major strides in the space technology sector. This partnership will create an ideal ambiance for advanced research and development in space technology. The agreement will help the VSSC support the state’s proposal to set up the country’s first Space Systems Park at Knowledge City in the state capital to attract global start-ups in the space sector and make it a major manufacturing hub for space-related technology, research, and development. The agreement will facilitate VSSC to support the state's ambitious project to set up the country's first state-of-the-art Space Systems Park at Knowledge City in the state capital.

    Samjhauta Express not suspended

    August 9, 2019
    The Pakistan Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed declared a decision that Samjhauta Express services will be permanently stopped on 8th August. It also said that the people who had already purchased their tickets can get their money reimbursed from Lahore DS office. Despite the announcement Indian Railways maintained that the train that runs between the 2 neighbouring countries has not been suspended and it will run normally. Reason for the issue: The decision of Pakistan follows after after the resolution revoking Article 370 was passed by the Parliament of India. Samjhauta Express: The Samjhauta Express was named after the Hindi word for agreement. The samjhauta  train service was started on July 22 in 1976 under the Shimla Agreement that settled the 1971 war between the two nations. The  train runs on the Indian side from Delhi to Attari and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side. The train departs in every Monday and Thursday from Lahore. The train comprises of six sleeper coaches and an AC 3-tier coach.

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